November 3 — Parashat Chayey Sarah

David Bassous - Rabbi
Ray Morris - President

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  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 5:35pm
  • Candle lighting 5:35pm

Saturday - Parashat Chayey Sarah

Full Range of Children's Groups: 9:45am - 11:30am

  • Boys 6 and up in the Library.
  • Girls 6 and up upstairs left classroom.
  • Boy’s tefila group meeting at 9:30am
  • Children 3 - 5 upstairs right classroom.
  • Rabbi Hakakian's Parasha Class returns next week
  • Shacharit: 8:45am
  • Latest Shema: 9:34am

In light of the Pittsburgh massacre we will be having special prayers this Shabbat morning for the deceased and wounded and for safety and security in Israel and around the world.

Please make sure to come with your family and show empathy and unity with Am Yisrael.

  • Kiddush is sponsored by Tomar Motola for the love of Hashem, Unity, and Peace at Congregation Etz Ahaim
  • Zera Shimshon: 3:30pm
  • Women's Tehillim Class: 3:20pm
  • The Ideal Match with Rabbi Bassous: 4:20 pm
  • Mincha: 5:20pm
  • Seuda is sponsored by Stuart and Linda Balavram & family in memory of the murdered in Pittsburgh.
    • Class: Kiddush Hashem
  • Arvit: 6:35pm
  • Shabbat Ends: 6:35pm

NOTE: Don't forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed.


  • Shacharit: 8:30am
  • Women Pirke Avot Class: 10:00am
  • Sulchan Aruch: 4:10pm
  • Mincha and Arvit: 4:40pm

Monday to Thursday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mishna a Day: 7:30am
  • Mincha: 4:30pm
  • Shulchan Aruch: 7:00pm
  • Arvit: 7:30pm
  • Monday: Iggeret Haramban: 8:00pm
  • Tuesday: Talmud Class: 8:00pm

Next Friday

  • Shacharit: 6:30am
  • Mincha: 4:28pm
  • Candle lighting: 4:28pm

News and Events From our Webpage

The following events and news items can be found on our webpage at

  • If you have an outstanding balance with Etz Ahaim, please send in your payment to help the Synagogue. Your help is appreciated.
  • If you are the last person to leave the building (except on Shabbat and Chaggim) make sure all the lights are out.
  • If you are celebrating a simcha or want to remember a loved one, sponsoring a kiddush is one of the best ways to mark the occasion. To sponsor a Shabbat Kiddush, please go to our [Kiddush Sponsorship Page] on our website and fill out the on line form. We'll get in contact with you as soon as possible. To sponsor a seuda or a Sunday morning breakfast, call the shul at 732-247-3839.

Bikur Cholim of Congregation Etz Ahaim

Our Congregation has its own Bikur Cholim Committee. If you know of a congregant who is in the hospital or a nursing home and would like a visit, please let us know. If there is a Home-bound congregant who is in need of a visit or assistance, we can help. We may also be able to make contact with a Jewish Agency which may be able to provide additional services. Please call Rose Reiss at 732-828-7415.

Nursing Home Visitation: Seeking volunteers to visit Shirley Cohen, and others at the Regency nursing home on DeMott Lane in Somerset. For more info or an updated list of residents requesting visitors, please email Rahel Baruh or call her at 732-672-4673

Transportation Committee: Drivers and coordinators needed. Coordinate rides to and from medical appointments - match requests with an available driver. Each coordinator serves for two weeks at a time. To volunteer to coordinate or to drive, please call Bikur Cholim hotline at 732-572-7181 or fill out the volunteer form.

The congregation extends get-well wishes to:

  • Avishai ben Esther
  • Linda Balavram (Emuna bat Sarah)
  • Galina bat Riva
  • Bradley Greenberg (Yehuda Dovid ben Tzvia Sarah)
  • Lita Greenberg (Tzvia Sarah bat Golda)
  • Millie Hakim (Miriam bat Sarah)
  • Benny Mayo (Bentzion ben Avraham)
  • Mary Naar (Miriam bat Yitzchak)
  • Clara bat Rachel
  • David ben Farha
  • Penina Rachel bat Bracha
  • Perla bat Leah
  • Yehuda Reich (Yehuda ben Hermina)
  • Lilas Saltiel (Leah Saltiel)
  • Avraham ben Sarah
  • Sheva bat Merel
  • Esther bat Liba
  • Zimbul bat Vida

Community News

Where have All the Women Gone: An extremist policy originating in the most insular communities has reached Israeli health clinics, banks and even US Modern Orthodox institutions—Jewish women are piexelated, blurred, or just plain disappearing.

Join writer and activist Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll this Sunday, November 4 at 8:00pm at the home of Sara and Ari Welner, 39 Edgemount Road, Edison, for a fascinating analysis of extremist trends in contemporary Judaism and what you can do about it. Learn about how far this practice has spread and why we must stop it.

Please RSVP to This program is open to both men and women.

Jewish Heroines in History and Today: How Do We Create Jewish Heroines? The Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park presents Rebbitzen Dr. Adina Shmidman discussing, Jewish Heroines in History & Today on Motzei Shabbat, November 17 at 8:30pm at Ohr Torah. She will analyze Jewish heroines of the past and discuss how OU Women’s Initiative is working in support of Jewish Heroines of today and tomorrow.

Rebbitzen Dr. Adina Shmidman is the director of the newly formed Department of Women’s Initiatives at the Orthodox Union. She and her husband Rabbi Avraham Shmidman are Rabbi and Rebbitzen at the Lower Merion Synagogue in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The program is free of charge. The Orthodox Forum gladly accepts season sponsorships, as well as program sponsorships. Please visit: for more information.

Shimirat Haloshon class by Leah Drillman will meet this Monday, November 5 at 7:30pm at the home of Ellen Smith, 407 North 8th Avenue, Edison. For more information, please call Ellen at 201-410-1893 or 732-777-6787.

Rebbitzen Eichenstein’s classes on Sunday, November 4 at 11:00am at the Aguda Synagogue. No Parasha class this week.

Please contact (Aviva)[] at 732-672-7104

Rabbi Reisman will be giving a shiur for men and women at Rabbi Horowitz' Shteible, 46 N. 8th Avenue, HP on November 3rd, Parshas Chayei Sorah. Shiur starts at 4:30pm. Topic is Put Your Mind in Shabbos Mode: Shabbos and Technological Innovations. Shabbos lamps, how kosher was the kosher switch, shabbos modes in devices will be discussed. For any questions, please call Marsha Eiserman 347-203-7906.

Gemachs Abound in Highland Park: A Gemach is sometimes thought of a free loan organization, but these organizations can lend way more than just money. For example, if you have a large simcha at your house and need tables, center pieces, and tablecloths, a gemach can help you out. Etz Ahaim has a complete listing of all local area gemachs.

Park Mikvah Hours:

  • Sunday - Thursday: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Sunday After November 4: 8:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Friday Night by Appointment